Tigers take first step in quest for title

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It’s that time of the year.

Most people call it spring, but in Troup it is time for the boys to return to the State golf tournament.

The Tigers, as expected, dominated the District 15-3A tournament last week, and advanced to the Region 2 tournament that will start at 8 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25, at Oak Hurst Golf Course in Bullard.

The Lady Tigers’ Madison Turner also qualified to play in the regional tournament, which will also be April 24-25, but at the Peach Tree Golf Course in Bullard. Tee time will be 8 a.m.

At the regional tournament, the Tigers will be looking to stamp their eighth consecutive ticket to the State tournament, and ninth in the last 10 years. Of their nine trips in State competition, the Tigers had their best showing in 2016 when they finished second to Brock.

At the District 15-3A tourney, Troup breezed to a 146-stroke victory with a two-round total of 290-287—577. The district competition was at Pine Springs Golf Course in Tyler.

Troup placed five golfers among the top six at the district meet, including Jamey Scruggs, who paced the team with a 73-67—140. Peyton Hugghins was second at 70-73—142, Jake Smelser carded a 73-73—145 and Brayden Maris was fourth medalist at 74-75—149.

Corbin Whitsell was fifth for the team and sixth medalist with a two-round total of 85-76—161.

Logan Tucker of Sabine was fifth medalist after he fired an 80-78—158. He was the only other district player to card a sub-80 round.

Harmony had four medalists among the top 11 and the team carded a 367-356—723 for second place. Tyler McKenzie was seventh overall after he fired an 82-87—169.

Turner carded a 99-100—199 to qualify for the Region 2 tournament.

Sabine won the District 15-3A golf title in the girls division with a two-round team total of 426-386—812. Harmony was 30 strokes behind for second place with a 420-422—842. Sabine was led by Destiny Bobo, who fired a 95-89—184 for second medalist. Kimberlee Scott paced Harmony with a 95-93—188, good for third medalist.

Gracie Greer of Arp led the district players with a two-round total of 71-78—149 to qualify for the regional tournament. In addition to the top two teams, the top two medalists not on the qualifying teams advanced to the regional competition.

For the boys, the regional tournament also will include Pottsboro and Gunter (District 9); Van Alstyne A and B (District 10); Sunnyvale A and B (11); Edgewood and Kemp (12); Winnsboro and Chapel Hill (13); Redwater and Hughes Springs (14); and New Diana and White Oak (16).

Van Alstyne finished eighth at the State tourney in 2016, and two players, Nathan Cuthbertson and Cage Sawyers return from last year’s squad. White Oak finished 10 at the State tournament last year, and four players, Landon Oney, Jackson Sampson, Ethan Thompson and James Hardan also return from last year’s team.

In the girls division, the regional competition also will include Callisburg and Pottsboro (9); Howe and Rainwright (10); Sunnyvale and Dallas Life OC (11); Kemp and Quitman (12); Chapel Hill and Mt. Vernon (13); Hughes Springs and queen City (14); and White Oak and Jefferson (16).

Oak Hurst is a par 72 course at 6,371 yards. For the girls, Pine Tree is a par 68 course at 4,100 yards.

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